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Rutilus rutilus Prague Vltava 3.jpg
Common roach, Rutilus rutilus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Genus: Rutilus
Rafinesque, 1820

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Rutilus (Latin for "shining, red, golden, auburn") is a genus of fishes in the family Cyprinidae, commonly called roaches. Locally, the name "roach" without any further qualifiers is also used for particular species, particularly the common roach (R. rutilus).


There are currently 12 recognized species in the genus: [1]


  1. ^ a b Bianco, P.G. & Ketmaier, V. (2014): A revision of the Rutilus complex from Mediterranean Europe with description of a new genus, Sarmarutilus, and a new species, Rutilus stoumboudae (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Zootaxa, 3841 (3): 379–402.